Welcome to Leeds for Learning

Article icon

Communication Detail

Image representing the news: LIB-0620-A004_Jacqueline Wilson SG, credit British Library

Leeds Libraries From Home #12

Welcome to issue 12 of the Leeds Libraries & School Library Service weekly newsletter where we share our favourite digital resources to support school and home learning as well as our top picks of the week from all the brilliant online content being shared for children and young people.

Leeds Libraries and Schools Library service have a dedicated Resource Page on the Leeds For Learning website where you can find lots of information and activities to support schools and home learning.

Reading for Pleasure


This week’s title highlight: The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson

Borrowbox - Browse our junior and teen eBooks and eAudio books, which includes a selection of titles that can be downloaded by multiple people at the same. We are constantly adding new titles. We also have over 19,000 comics and graphic novels, suitable for all ages, available for you to borrow.

Join the Library - If you are having issues with joining please contact libraryenquiries@leeds.go.uk or 0113 378 5005

Study Support 

Catch up on some of these brilliant child and young person friendly live screenings from the Living Knowledge Network.

Jane Eyre: Gothic Rebel -
Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is a classic example of defied convention. It presented a new voice, fully convinced of her defiance and standing up against adult tyranny. Acclaimed author Sara Collins, producer of the 2011 film adaptation Alison Owen, Victorian Literature expert Professor Sally Shuttleworth and critic Alex Clark discuss the spirit of rebellion found in its pages and what it is to be a child.

Jacqueline Wilson: Rebel Girls
 - Much-loved author Jacqueline Wilson talks about writing rebel girls who stand up for friendship, justice, and what they believe in. This event coincided with the British Library's Marvellous and Mischievous exhibition and celebrated the release of the Tracy Beaker book We Are The Beaker Girls. 

Leeds Libraries Online Activities

Daily Storytime - Follow Leeds Libraries on our Facebook and/or Twitter where we are sharing a daily storytime from our favourite guest authors, illustrators and Storytellers every morning (Mon - Fri) at 9.45am. 

Lego at Leeds Libraries - Every Friday we will be sharing a weekly Lego teaser challenge based around a children's book available to loan on borrowbox. These Friday teaser challenges will reveal the book and theme for our monthly online Lego club. Find all the details and join the club via our Facebook Event.


Code Club Leeds Libraries - Every other Tuesday check out our Facebook event where we will be releasing a new coding challenge for children and young people to work on over two weeks with support from our librarians and Code Club volunteers. We will be hosting a fortnightly online Code Club where we can get together and share all the coding projects. Our online Code Club is sponsored by CityFibre.

Summer Reading Challenge - Normally at this time of year our Librarians would be contacting schools to arrange an assembly visit to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. This year's challenge Silly Squad has moved online and we have created a fun and silly interactive Twine resource to use in classrooms and homes to promote the challenge and encourage children to sign up. The Twine resource has been created using images from our Leeds Libraries Special Collections, we hope you enjoy it. Join us for our virtual sign-up Saturday event on the 11th July across our social media channels. This opening online event at Leeds Libraries will feature a guest theatre company and Librarian-led support for parents registering their children on the website.


We recommend saving the Twine resource from the google drive link and opening it using a Chrome browser. If you are having issues with opening the file please contact our Librarian Matt Stoppard (matthew.stoppard@leeds.gov.uk)

Top Picks of the Week

Under 5's – Read, Sing and Dance along to the Animal Bop.

Children (5-7) – Find author and illustrator Emily Gravett reading some of her books, talking about what she does, and how to draw some of her characters on her YouTube channel Emily Draws.

Children (7-11) – Once upon a time, in a very ordinary town, on the edge of an ordinary forest, something extraordinary happened…Join the Story Makers Press for their virtual launch 3rd July and explore Zalfa’s story with your students. Please find the e-flyer in the attachments.

Young People – Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award 2020. Open to 11-17 year olds this competition is completely FREE to enter and you can enter as many poems as you wish.  All entrants will receive a certificate for participating in this prestigious competition.

29 Jun 2020

Rachel Ingle-Teare
Leeds Libraries
Contact Provider Arrow down